Enjoyable start to our Bird-watching project – ‘Twitchers of all ages’ + Pumpkin update!

Yesterday, Monday 4th September, saw the ‘start’ of our Bird Watching Project for people of all ages in our community – older members very welcome!

Alan, a new volunteer, has agreed to ‘lead’ the meetings at the walled garden every 4th Monday of each month, starting at 9.30am. We welcomed 3 new people, who had heard about the project from our web-site and by word of mouth. Our own beneficiaries joined the group too, which started with new bird feeders being added to the bird feeding stations; fallen apples being picked and chopped; and then waiting quietly in the bird hide to see how quickly the birds came to feed.

We were pleased to see blue, coal and great tits: nuthatches; dunnocks; sparrows; robins and pigeons and also heard a buzzard. 10 people could easily sit and watch within the hide too. Lots of suggestions were made, and we hope to clean up existing bird boxes, and erect another 6 by the winter to encourage nesting next year.

Our next session is on Monday 2nd October starting at 9.30am. Ann will also be advertising the project on Calon FM on Tuesday 17th September between 9am and 10am- please tune in on 105FM or go to www.calonfm.com.

Here you see Nick, a Director and ‘supervisor’ of the 2 giant pumpkin’s growth. Nick is measuring pumpkin 2 in 4 different ways, and estimates this pumpkin weighs 120lb!

Pumpkin 1 is not quite as big, but still amazing to see.

Nick says that the cooler nights will be slowing their growth now – but he is pleased with things so far….Watch this space!

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